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Ferry carrying 470 passengers sinking off South Korea
Publication Date : 16-04-2014
A ferry carrying about 470 passengers was reported as sinking off the coast of Jindo Island in South Jeolla Province on Wednesday.
The vessel, which was heading to Jejudo Island from Incheon, sent out an emergency call early Wednesday.
The Coast Guard is reported to have arrived at the scene at about 8:50am.
The ferry is thought to have hit a reef due to thick fog. The meteorological office, however, said that the area was clear with visibility of about 20 kilometres.
The passengers are reported to comprise mostly of students of Danwon High School in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province on a school trip to Jejudo Island. About 324 students and 10 school staff are on board. Including the crew and other passengers, 471 people are said to be aboard the vessel.
As of about 10am, 120 passengers had been removed from the sinking ferry with Navy and civilian vessels at the scene to help with the rescue efforts.